The Redeemer CE Primary School

Literacy & Writing


rosie-barnesI have been teaching for twenty three years and have been Literacy Subject Leader for the last 20 years. Since the formation of the Redeemer CE Primary School ten years ago, I have been responsible for History, Drama and Speaking and Listening. I am a Middle Leader having responsibility for Upper Key Stage Two.

In all of my time at The Redeemer School I have had great opportunities to develop my curriculum knowledge and expertise. . I have been leading and managing curriculum development which has at times been challenging when new practices and curriculums have come in.

I have been seconded to the LEA as Literacy Consultant and this developed my ability to lead and manage across different schools, SLTs and teaching staff. I have always been an energetic and enthusiastic teacher with a desire to improve children’s ability across the curriculum. I am always eager to improve my own working practice and I was fortunate enough to have been a Leading teacher for the Every Child a Writer project. This developed further my passion for the teaching of writing.

Since our school became a NSS my role has changed. I still work with staff on the development of writing, but my role has developed further to encompass more of the curriculum.

I personally benefit from collaborating with others; I am always challenging the way I deliver and teach different elements of the curriculum. Working with colleagues from different school settings makes me evaluate all that I do. Early on in my career I worked in a School in Special Measures, so I have an understanding of what other teachers in vulnerable schools are experiencing and I feel that this knowledge makes me a sympathetic but challenging support to others.

I believe in a collegiate approach to improving standards. It relies on collaboration and supportive relationships. This is the way to develop and drive sustained improvement in Education.